In the News: Sweeck may face two-year suspension

Laurens Sweeck, the Belgian under-23 national cyclocross champion, is accused of injecting baby medicine to improve recovery

Het Nieuwsblad reports that Laurens Sweeck, the reigning Belgian under-23 national cyclocross champion, may be suspended for two years following revelations that he purchased five doses of Vaminolact, a medicine for infants that contains amino acids.

The controversy surrounding Sweeck, who finished second at U-23 worlds in Tabor in February, is rooted in how the medicine is administered. Although Vaminolact is not a prohibited substance, Sweeck would run afoul of Belgian anti-doping rules if he had injected the medicine. He claims he only took it orally.

Sweeck has also been linked to Dr. Chris Mertens, who is currently under investigation in Belgium for allegedly administering ozone therapy to top athletes.